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10 smartphone photography accessories: Take your photos to the next level!

If you are to replace your traditional camera with a phone, you will need some extra help. These will do wonders.
May 22, 2021
Google Pixel 3 XL on a tripod
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Many of today’s smartphone users utilize their phones as their main cameras. If you are to replace your traditional camera with a phone, adding some smartphone photography accessories to your repertoire is recommended. These mobile photography accessories can improve your experience, as well as image quality. While it helps, you may not even need one of the best smartphone cameras to shoot great images. Even a cheap device can produce amazing photos with some help.

Without further ado, here are the best smartphone photography accessories we recommend investing in.

Also read: The best camera phones | The best budget camera phones

The best smartphone photography accessories:

Editor’s note: We will update this list of the best smartphone photography accessories regularly as new products launch.

1. Small tripod

Manfrotto Pixi Evo mini tripod

A tripod is one of the first smartphone photography accessories you buy when getting into this art. It is a simple tool that doesn’t need to cost much but will offer plenty of benefits while shooting. The Manfrotto Pixi Evo (shown above) is one of our favorites.

More: The best smartphone tripods you can buy

A tripod can be used for long exposure photography, which is when the shutter speed is slowed down. This technique can create light trails, smooth out fluids, and better expose images without increasing the ISO (which affects photo quality). Using a tripod can also reduce motion blur or shaky videos. It really helps to have the camera static when learning composition, giving you more time and freedom to frame a scene properly.

Joby GorillaPod 1K smartphone tripod

I am a fan of large, sturdy tripods because I also use them for my heavy DSLR cameras. For smartphone purposes, it is best to go with a smaller tabletop or octopus tripod. Tabletop tripods are the smallest of the bunch, and as their name suggests, are best suited for use on a flat surface. Octopus tripods get their nickname from their flexible legs. They can be folded and adjusted in multiple ways and used to wrap around objects. The one shown above is called the JOBY Gorillapod 1K and should work like a charm.

2. Microfiber cleaning cloth

Nikon microfiber cleaning cloth

These are cheap and useful smartphone photography accessories. Smartphones get dirty and oily, including the camera glass. This results in blurry or smudgy photos, so make sure to keep the lens glass clean with a microfiber cleaning cloth — using your shirt isn’t a good idea.

3. Remote shutter control

ASHUTB remote shutter controller

Save for a few exceptions, a smartphone’s rear camera is significantly better than the one in the front. Taking a selfie with the rear shooter is no easy feat, though. The timer forces you to rush. You can get yourself a remote shutter control to avoid the hassles and get the best selfie your phone can produce. These work via Bluetooth and allow the user to trigger the shutter from a distance.

Remote shutter controls also happen to be very cheap. A good one is the Ashutb camera shutter control, which you can get via the button below.

4. Smartphone lenses

Moment lenses and case

Clip-on lenses come in handy when your smartphone’s built-in glass is too limited. These smartphone photography accessories can offer higher focal lengths, zoom capabilities, macro focusing distance, fisheye effects, and wide-angle perspectives.

More: The best smartphone camera lenses you can buy

Smartphones are becoming more versatile thanks to the implementation of multiple cameras and lenses. While these help, they don’t come close to what you can do with these larger, external lenses. Not to mention, these lenses can usually be attached to a wide variety of devices, giving you more freedom of choice when it comes to smartphones.

There are a plethora of lenses for smartphones out there, but our favorites come from Moment. Check these out by hitting the button below.

5. Phone LED panel

Neewer LED Video Conference Light Kit - The best smartphone photography accessories

Photography is all about light, and having some extra help in dark environments will allow you to get better results. LED panels have gotten smaller and more affordable. The one shown above is the Neewer LED Video Conference Light Kit and features a 2,000mAh rechargeable battery, a dimming mechanism, and a clip that can attach it to a phone.

6. Portable battery pack

anker powercore 3

Your phone will quickly run out of battery if you are shooting photos and videos throughout the day. You don’t want a dead phone when a photo opportunity presents itself. For that reason, getting a portable power bank is a good idea.

We really like the Anker Powercore III Elite because it has a huge 25,600mAh battery and 60W PD that can even charge some laptops. It also comes with plenty of ports and is portable enough to carry around without much hassle. For more options, you can always check out our list of the best portable battery packs.

7. Smartphone microphone

Rode Smartlav Plus smartphone microphone. - The best smartphone photography accessories

Audio is one area where smartphones usually lack quality, and it is crucial for recording video. Improve your clips by using an external microphone. A good one is the Rode Smartlav Plus (pictured above). It can be attached to your phone’s 3.5mm headset jack or dongle.

Different types of microphones are available, including small shotgun mics like the Rode Videomic Me and even wireless ones like the Comica CVM-WS60. You will have to do more research to figure out what you need.

8. Camera rig

Shoulderpod G2 camera rig - The best smartphone photography accessories

Camera rigs are for serious content creators. These contraptions make it possible to mount your smartphone, lights, microphones, battery packs, and whatever smartphone photography accessories you can think of.

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A popular one is the Shoulderpod G2 Professional Video Grip, equipped with two tripod threads and six cold shoe mounts for other accessories. It can be attached to a tripod in both landscape and portrait orientation.

9. Smartphone gimbal

Zhiyun Smooth 4 11
Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority

Image stabilization has come a long way, but using an advanced gimbal can further improve your videos. These smartphone photography accessories use motors to keep a smartphone stable over three axes. It will reduce shaking and create smooth movements.

Next: The best smartphone gimbals available

Again, there are plenty of options available, but we really like the Zhiyun Smooth 4. It offers a great balance between price and functionality. Users will love the level of control available from the built-in buttons and knobs. Not to mention it’s one of the most popular stabilizer brands in the industry. Another great option is the DJI OM 4.

10. Mobile photo printer

Fujifilm Instax SP 3 mobile photo printer - The best smartphone photography accessories

There’s nothing like seeing your digital photographs turn to life by printing them out. If you really want to go all out with mobile photography, you’ll need a portable photo printer. The Fujifilm Instax SP-3 is one of our favorites. It can print 2.4 x 2.4in photos and comes with a rechargeable battery.

Buying a camera is only the first step in this money pit that photography is.Edgar Cervantes

These smartphone photography accessories are sure to take your images to another level. Remember, buying a camera is only the first step in this money pit that photography is. Lucky for you, you probably already have a smartphone, and most of these accessories are affordable.

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